Court Overturns Passenger Rights Law

A federal appeals court has overturned New York’s Airline Passenger Bill of Rights. Which means it’s time for Congress to step up.

The court called the bill "laudable," but backed the Air Transport Association’s argument that only the federal government can regulate airline services.

The New York law actually didn’t demand much. It required airlines to provide food, water and working restrooms to passengers stranded on grounded jets in that state. It didn’t set a time limit on how long they could be held against their will.

Meanwhile, about a dozen other states started looking at passing passenger rights laws of their own. Most recently the California legislature began moving a similar bill through committees.

So, if the states can’t do this, Congress must. Unfortunately, its measly efforts have stalled. And that’s why you might want to sign the petition.


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